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prevaricator

[pri-var-i-key-ter] /prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who speaks falsely; liar.
2.
a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.
Origin of prevaricator
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin praevāricātor; see prevaricate, -tor
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  • For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.

  • I'm not after sayin' me father was a prevaricator—no, indeed!

  • She was not alone a dunce when it came to acting, she was a prevaricator as well.

  • Everything this girl said made her more of a prevaricator, even though she might be innocent of crime.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • You are a prevaricator, for you tell things which are not so.

    Mother West Wind's Children Thornton W. Burgess
  • Mr. Rabbit, you are all these—a lazy, shiftless sneak, thief and prevaricator.'

    Mother West Wind's Children Thornton W. Burgess
  • "Hampton's a prevaricator," he said gravely, as he looked down into the merry blue eyes turned up to him.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • But an Englishman is nothing if not a prevaricator; he calls it being scrupulously truthful.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
Word Origin and History for prevaricator
n.

c.1400, from Old French prevaricator and directly from Latin praevaricator "sham accuser; unfaithful advocate," agent noun from past participle stem of praevaricari (see prevaricate).

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